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Crews Prepare for More Active Wildland Fires

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NACHES, Wash.--Fire crews are returning to the Rattlesnake Creek Drainage, a recreation area near Naches for more burnout operations.

On Monday, firefighters ignited around 150 acres. Crews said they purposely light these fires to get rid of brush and woody debris that can help feed wildland fires.

Firefighters said this is still a very active fire season, and they're doing everything they can to help diminish the chances of another large blaze.

"We're still getting fires actually popping up from the thunderstorms last Thursday I think it was, even with all the rain," said Jason Emhoff, the Naches Ranger District Fuels Specialist.

People living in nearby communities, like Nile and Naches might see more smoke in the area. The burnout project is called the "Angel Underburn" and it includes about 6,800 acres of land.